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InsightsNewsWeather and Critical Events

Drenching rains to hit truckers in Plains

Localized flooding, road closures possible latter half of week

Truckers will run into prolonged rainfall in parts of the nation’s midsection during the latter half of this week.

A storm system and cold front in the Rockies will move east over the next few days, entering portions of the Plains and Midwest by Wednesday. The front will move southward during the latter half of the week, eventually stalling before moving toward the East Coast early next week.

The threat of significant rainfall should persist through the weekend for places like Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Oklahoma; Wichita, Kansas; Springfield and St. Louis, Missouri; northwestern Arkansas; as well as southern Illinois. Rainfall totals could exceed 5 inches in these areas. This may not sound like much over several days, but it could cause minor flooding as creeks, streams and rivers rise.

Widespread areal flooding is unlikely, but drivers may hit localized closures of interstate ramps or secondary roads. Delays are likely on sections of the I-35, I-40, I-44, I-49, I-72 and I-80 corridors.

Rainfall will be heavy at times, and thunderstorms will pop up in some areas. Storms could produce large hail and severe winds Wednesday along I-35, from northern Oklahoma to Topeka, Kansas. A few severe storms could develop Thursday from northern Texas to southern Missouri.

Look for weather updates throughout the week on the FreightWaves website and social media accounts.

Click here for more FreightWaves articles by Nick Austin.

Nick Austin, Director of Weather Analytics and Senior Meteorologist

In his nearly 20 years of weather forecasting experience, Nick worked on air at WBBJ-TV and WRCB-TV, including time spent doing weather analysis and field reporting. He received his Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from Florida State University as well as a Bachelor of Science in Management from Georgia Institute of Technology. Nick is also a member of the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association. As a member of the weather team at WBBJ-TV in Jackson, Tennessee, Nick was nominated for a Mid-South Emmy for live coverage of a major tornado outbreak in 2008. As part of the weather team at WRCB-TV in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Nick shared the Chattanooga Times-Free Press Best of the Best award for “Best Weather Team” for eight consecutive years. Nick earned his National Weather Association Broadcasting Seal in 2005.

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